Appearance and Dress Code

Middle School Handbook

The purpose of the dress code is to encourage students to focus on the learning process without the distraction of unsuitable dress and grooming. The administration recognizes the individuality that students exercise in their clothing choices. In making these choices, dress should reflect current good taste and a style appropriate for a school day. Personal cleanliness is an essential part of projecting a good appearance. Student dress and appearance should reflect sensitivity to and respect for others. Sexually suggestive clothing should not be worn. Clothing should not create a threat to the safety or health of any student. Appropriateness will be determined by the school administrators. Among the clothing guidelines are (Please note that the guidelines are not limited to those below):

  1. Pants should not be worn below the waistline.  All undergarments must be covered at all times.
  2. Any item of clothing that has a rip or hole above the knee that exposes the skin is not permitted.
  3. Bracelets, collars, or other apparel that have spikes, studs, or other potentially dangerous components are prohibited.
  4. Wearing of large chains from the neck, body, or clothing is not permitted.
  5. Clothing that promotes drugs, alcohol, smoking, violence, or sex may not be worn.
  6. Students must wear apparel that covers the midriff.  Tube tops, open back tops, off-the-shoulder tops, and tops with spaghetti straps are prohibited.  For girls, straps on “tank tops” must be at least one (1) inch in width.  Low cut tops are not permitted.  Boys may not wear tank tops, sleeveless shirts, or muscle shirts.  Clothing with profane or questionable language imprints is unacceptable school apparel.  Low cut tops are not permitted.
  7. Shorts / Skorts must have an inseam of at least three (3) inches. Dresses/skirts must be at least mid-thigh length, with no plunging backs below the mid back, not made from transparent  material, nor have side or front cut outs.
  8. Sunglasses are not to be worn in the school building.
  9. Footwear must be worn at all times. No slippers permitted.
  10. Any form of head apparel that covers the head (hats, scarves, hoods, bandanas, etc.) is prohibited, except under the terms of specially designated days or for medical reasons, cultural observances or religious reasons.
  11. Outerwear may not be worn in class.

Any form of attire is subject to evaluation on an individual basis.  Students not in compliance with the dress code will be required to obtain an immediate suitable change of clothing and will face disciplinary action ranging from warning to suspension.  Any student who wears apparel to school deemed inappropriate dress will be referred to the administration for disciplinary action.